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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

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December 2017

From Convent to Museum: The Renovation Story

December 5, 2017 - December 2, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose members are commonly known as the Sisters of Loretto, is a Roman Catholic congregation founded in France in 1609. In 1847, the Loretto Sisters arrived in Canada and by 1856 they had established a convent in Guelph, located on “Catholic Hill” near to the Church of Our Lady Immaculate (built between 1875 and 1883, designated as a basilica in 2014). The Loretto Sisters opened the first Catholic school in the county…

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April 2018

Guelph Pride 2018: Celebrating 15 Years

April 27 @ 10:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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In 2018, Guelph Pride celebrates 15 years of LGBT2Q+ culture and community in Guelph and Wellington County. Guelph Museums celebrates this significant moment through an exhibition that advocates for accessibility, inclusivity and historical knowledge among all LGBT2Q+ identified persons and their allies. Organized in timelines, we consider LGBT2Q+ human rights, the emergence of the Pride movement and the adoption of the rainbow as a signifier of diversity and inclusion, and Guelph’s own LGBT2Q+ stories. Co-presented by Guelph Pride, Guelph Museums,…

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Wall of Art: Guelph Pride 2018

April 27 @ 10:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Museums and the Guelph Arts Council are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from the LGBT2Q+ Community. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. In 2018, Guelph Pride celebrates 15 years of LGBT2Q+ culture and community. Guelph Museums marks this significant moment through an exhibition…

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June 2018

Voices from the Engraver

June 5 @ 10:00 am - September 2 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Experience the creative process, technical skill, and artistry that underlies the production of Canadian stamps and bank notes.

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Cursive: Reading and Writing the Old School Way

June 16 @ 10:00 am - September 2 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 6:30 PM In any style, cursive text, also known as handwriting, script, longhand, or running text, is the joining of the character symbols of language in a flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster and more efficient. Ancient cultures developed systems of writing that have evolved and persisted into the 21st century. Featuring artifacts selected from the permanent collection, this exhibition traces the history of penmanship, never more compelling than in the digital age.

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July 2018

Fourth Friday: Brenda Lewis & Gayle Ackroyd

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by The Brenda Lewis and Gayle Ackroyd Vocal Harmonies! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by The Brenda Lewis and Gayle Ackroyd Vocal Harmonies Duo at 7 p.m. Brenda Lewis & Gayle Ackroyd’s vocal harmonies will take you on a journey through the 1940s to 1960s Pop, Rock, Jazz and R&B – to more recent country, folk and bluegrass,…

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August 2018

Tiny Tot Thursday: Animal Homes

August 2 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, Animal Homes!    

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John Galt Day

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation

Family fun to celebrate Guelph’s founder. Details to come! Admission by donation.

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Fourth Friday: Ian Reid

August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Ian Reid! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by Ian Reid at 7 p.m. Ian Reid is a singer-songwriter living in his hometown of Rockwood, Ontario. Ian has a passion for a good story and the poignancy of everyday life in small communities. Ian’s songwriting reflects what we can and can’t change and often leaves listeners remarking on…

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September 2018

Brewing Changes Guelph

September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - February 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Brewing Changes Guelph examines the social and economic importance of brewing beer in the Royal City and the changes brought about by the rise, fall and resurrection of Guelph breweries. Whether one has worked in the brewing industry or has never tasted beer before, visitors will learn how brewing has benefitted and continues to benefit our city. The story begins with whiskey, early independent innkeepers and entrepreneurs, includes English immigrant brewers who established a thriving commercial industry, and then suddenly…

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